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The US has now surpassed Italy in active COVID-19 cases. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Worldometers.com has added “Total Deaths per Million Population” Column and the US is at 3 as compared to Italy (124), Spain (73), Netherlands (21), France (20), Switzerland (18), and Belgium (15).
New York City is the epicenter of the US pandemic. Many New Yorkers are fleeing to other locations, principally Florida, and those jurisdictions are trying to contend with the possibility that this could be a new source of infection for them. Or as Dr. Birx has called them, “seeds.”
Compare and contrast New York City with two other well-reported locations of high population density — Singapore and Hong Kong. New York City is currently reporting 17,856 active cases. Singapore cases totaled 631 with 469 active cases; Hong Kong cases totaled 410 with 304 active cases. The density of the three locations are: New York City 27,751/sq mi, Singapore 20,212.3/sq mi, Hong Kong 17,552.3/sq mi. Both of the Asian locations have experience with earlier epidemics and have greater social control in their cultures. Singapore was particularly aggressive in its surveillance and quarantine and had prolific public information campaigns very early on. Hong Kong was in the midst of unrest and particularly alert to events occurring in mainland China.
Meanwhile, in my part of the country, there are a total of 2,853 cases in California with 77% of the cases being either in the San Francisco Bay area or the Los Angeles area nearly evenly divided between them.
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